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The holiday season is here, and while it can be a season full of happiness and cheer, it can also be a difficult time for many. It is not unusual to receive advice from professionals, family, friends and the media, that recognizes the individual stresses that one may experience during the season. Our society often does not put enough emphasis on the importance of acknowledging and recognizing individual’s feelings especially during difficult time like holidays.
Unrealistic expectations may be a major reason for problems during the holidays. To help manage these high expectations, it is important to plan for the holidays as you do for other parts of your life. What does planning involve? Just as you would budget for financial costs or plan a vacation, consider taking out a piece of paper or use your computer to list possible holiday stressors, reasons associated with these feelings, and what steps you may take to reduce your stress and manage your feelings.
Some items on your list may include: